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Clare Farr

Clare Farr – Bass Trombone
Clare was born in Stockport, England in 1975. Her musical career started at an early age playing piano and violin. It was after her family’s move to Jørpeland, Norway in 1989 that she opted for the louder, more social life of the bass trombonist. Following bachelor studies in Stavanger and Manchester, she graduated with a master’s degree from the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2001. Her teachers included Leif Værum Larsen, Aline Nistad and Ingemar Roos.

In her subsequent years as a freelance musician, she held long-term positions with the Oslo Philharmonic and Norrköping Symphony Orchestras, and regularly worked with many Norwegian and European orchestras and ensembles. She combined her work as a freelance musician with the position of General Manager of the Norwegian National Youth Orchestra until 2012.

Clare has been Principal Bass Trombone of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra since 2013. She is a founding member of the Norwegian Trombone Ensemble and is active as a conductor, teacher and adjudicator in the Norwegian brass and wind band community.

Participating musicians (in track order):

Inger-Lise Ulsrud (organ, tracks 2–4) is Professor of Organ at the Norwegian Academy of Music and organist in Uranienborg Church in Oslo. She has performed extensively throughout Europe and Russia and regularly holds masterclasses in Norway and abroad. She is featured on many CD-recordings and has released several solo albums including Olivier Messiaen: Early Organ Works and Kjell Mørk Karlsen: Meditatio.

The Norwegian Trombone Ensemble (track 5) was formed in 2014 and consists of Audun Breen, Sverre Riise, Petter Winroth and Clare Farr. The four performers have extensive experience as soloists and chamber musicians and are some of Norway’s most outstanding trombonists. Their highly acclaimed debut album Nibbles (LWC1194) was released in 2020.

Sverre Riise (trombone, tracks 7–8) studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music and graduated in 1996 with the highest honours. Sverre is currently Principal Trombone of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and is Associate Professor of Trombone at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In 2015 he released his solo album Snarks in the Kitchen.

Sidsel Walstad (harp, track 9) is Principal Harp of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. Her musical versatility has led to collaborations with musicians and artists of many different genres: Karpe, Stian Carstensen, Sissel Kyrkjebø and many others. Sidsel has released several solo albums, including A New Start and Ginastera: Harp Concerto, Op. 25 / Variaciones concertantes, Op. 23 (LWC1182).

Petter Winroth (trombone, track 10) studied with Professor Ingemar Roos at the Gothenburg Music Academy and graduated in 2004. He won the position of Co-Principal Trombone of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra the same year. Petter is an exceptional arranger and is regularly commissioned to write for ensembles and orchestras of all sizes.

Sigstein Folgerø (piano, track 11) is Associate Professor of Accompaniment at the Norwegian Academy of Music. He is also an active freelance orchestral and ensemble musician. As a soloist he enjoys seeking out hidden gems in the piano literature, with a particular emphasis on transcriptions.

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